Sleep and aging: 1. Sleep disorders commonly found in older people.

  title={Sleep and aging: 1. Sleep disorders commonly found in older people.},
  author={Norman Wolkove and Osama Elkholy and Marc Alexander Baltzan and Mark David Palayew},
  journal={CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne},
  volume={176 9},
Aging is associated with several well-described changes in patterns of sleep. Typically, there is a phase advance in the normal circadian sleep cycle: older people tend to go to sleep earlier in the evening but also to wake earlier. They may also wake more frequently during the night and experience fragmented sleep. The prevalence of many sleep disorders increases with age. Insomnia, whether primary or secondary to coexistant illness or medication use, is very common among elderly people. Rapid… CONTINUE READING
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